[Homeroast] Sucky decaf

Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee sweetmarias at sweetmarias.com
Sat Jun 26 12:04:41 CDT 2010

Hey Michael - if you do separate the heater from the fan, wouldn't it 
then be feasible to use a high rated dimmer (ones sold as router 
dimmers, 1000 watts)? Those can be had for $25. I understand (I 
think) a dimmer starves the voltage whereas a variac offers pulses of 
power, but since we are talking only about a heat coil, starving it 
seems fine (?)


>Following up on Brian's implied question "If you have The Poppery, and not a
>Poppery II".  You have been using an unmodified machine for long enough that
>I expect getting all 'Geeky' about modifications isn't something you are
>interested in.  This thread has included several good suggestions.
>I believe that following Tom's suggestions will lead you to the conclusion
>that you need to slow the roast, there are any number or solutions. I
>believe you'll find that the previously mentioned 12 minute target will
>solve your problem (I personally shoot for closer to 15 minute overall
>time).  Slowing the heat-up rate to below 10 degrees F per minute just prior
>to the onset of 1st crack and maintaining a slower rate to End Of Roast will
>open up whole new coffee perspectives for you.
>loading the machine with less beans will allow more heat to escape and
>thereby slow the roast
>The commonly recommended use of a long extension cord to add enough
>resistance to the circuit and thereby lower the voltage to a level that
>lengthens the roast works.  This solution pre-supposes that you make sure
>the extension cord isn't of a small enough gauge to allow it to get
>physically hot, this could generate extra work for your local fire
>Another common method is to power the Poppery through a Variac
>(auto-transformer / variable transformer).  Tom used to offer one on the
>Sweet Marias site but I don't seem to be able to find it.  If you decide on
>this solution, a really simple mod is to 'split wire' the roaster.  It
>entails removing the bottom and wiring two separate power cords to the
>terminals on the bottom, one for the fan and one for the heater. This allows
>running the fan at full speed, plugged directly into a wall receptacle and
>lowering the power level (voltage) to the heater by powering the heater
>circuit through the variac.
>I've tried the patience of list members before by getting too technical and
>generating long how-to's on the list so if you need any other suggestions
>and/or directions email me direct.  Glad to help.
>Mike (just plain)
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